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Friday 31 July 2015

    Top 10 wines in the US press

    A clutch of Brunello di Montalcino, an “interesting and unusual” Greek wine made with the native Moschofilero grape and a “tangy” Virginian Viognier make this week’s line-up.

    Diageo signals turnaround as sales rise

    Diageo has reported a 5% rise in net sales for 2014/15, signalling a turnaround in the company’s fortunes after a challenging few years.

    Distillery shows off new mousing team

    The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has unveiled a major new visitor attraction: two kittens who have been employed as the site’s “Official Mousers”.

Drinks Business Awards 2015: the winners

Following The Drinks Business Awards at the London Wine Fair in May, we give a full round-up of this year’s winners, detailing what made them stand out from the crowd.

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The Proust Q&A: Giovanni Angeli

The fourth generation winemaker of Massolino in Piedmont, speaks to db about his love of pairing cold Nebbiolo with sushi.

Myra launches India’s first unfiltered wine

The Bangalore-based winery has launched a Cabernet blend Misfit which it hails as India’s first unfiltered wine.

Lai Bun Fu offers whisky and Cantonese food pairing

Chinese fine dining restaurant, Lai Bun Fu has launched its ‘Taste of Classics’ menu for the mid-autumn festival.

Passengers’ luggage replaced with beer

Bemused passengers had their luggage replaced with free cases of beer as part of a promotional stunt by Carlsberg at London City Airport.

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Top 10 marketing campaigns: July

Ever-inventive, the drinks industry has come up with a host of ways to get its products noticed this month, from sports star tie-ups and flamingoes to sand art and tan lines.

Craft beer continues to grow in US

The latest figures from the Brewers Association show that craft beer’s rise is continuing in the US with production volumes up 16% so far this year.

Diageo goes solo in South Africa

Diageo has decided to forge its own path in the buoyant South African market, restructuring its business through the termination of a series of joint ventures.

Top 10 silliest stories of the month

Celebrating the strange, surreal, oddly ingenious and downright bizarre, we round up the month’s most offbeat drinks-related stories.

The rise of the independent pub

It is hardly news that times are tough in the UK pub industry. With pubs closing at a rate of 29 a week, publicans are being forced to be ever more inventive to stay open for business and remain profitable.

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A taste of Spain: Boqueria, Hong Kong

The arrival of Chef Robert Petzold earlier this year marked a change in direction for Boqueria Hong Kong with its new menu, the Taste of Spain, focusing on pairing tapas with wine. by Simone Madden-Grey

‘Pink seminar’ tests HK trade’s selling skills

Just before Typhoon Linfa temporarily shut Hong Kong down for a few hours on 9 July, about 20 trade professionals gathered for Rod Smith MW’s talk “Think Pink: La Vie en Rosé”. by Ivy Ng

Raising a glass to the metrosexual urbanite

Big alcohol has looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a makeover, writes Spiros Malandrakis senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International. by Spiros Malandrakis
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Thai Bev launches spirits to Indian market

One of southeast Asia’s largest drinks companies has announced its entry onto the Indian market with the launch of a range of premium single malts and gins.

Grant family celebrates 150 years at Glenfarclas

To celebrate 150 years of ownership of Glenfarclas, the fifth and sixth generations of the Grant family have launched a new Family Reserve bottling.

New fund boosts Chinese thirst for luxury Scotch

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has begun a trade mission to China by unveiling a £3 million fund to help the country’s whisky fans invest in rare bottlings.

Macallan launches ‘Rare Cask’ in UK

The Macallan’s “Rare Cask” which it claims is the “embodiment” of its “obsession” with single malt – has been launched in the UK.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 Macau sommeliers

The small peninsula of Macau plays host to a wealth of wine talent. Here, db HK rounds up 10 of the country’s finest and most passionate sommeliers.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

French rosé steals the limelight this week turning our roundup a pretty shade of pink, with a barbecue-ready Shiraz and “epic” Gewürztraminer completing the lineup.

Top 10 wines in the US press

An “exuberant” red from Portugal’s Douro Valley, a food-friendly Moldovan Malbec and a crisp Californian rosé make for a line-up perfectly suited to summer sipping.

Top 10 London craft beer pubs

London offers no end of drinking dens where craft beer enthusiasts can indulge in Belgian-style brews, cask ales and quirky fruit beers.

Top 10 HK vintage wine and food ads

Explore Hong Kong’s wine drinking past with our selection of food and wine adverts which graced newspapers from the 1980s to 1990s.

Top 10 drinks pronunciation pitfalls

From foreign tongue twisters to commonly mispronounced classics, the drinks business tackles some of the trickiest names on the drinks list.

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Fine wine predictions: Burgundy hitting a wall?

Burgundy has roared ahead in recent years but are the region’s superstars going to hit a wall as prices climb higher? Have they already?

A below the radar Cheval Blanc?

Is the 2006 Cheval Blanc a “dark horse” vintage for the Saint Emilion heavyweight?

2000 Clos d’Ambonnay released

The fourth vintage of Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay, the 2000, has been released with just over 5,000 bottles available.

Charles Heidsieck launches 2006 rosé

Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled its Rosé Millésime 2006, the first since its 1999 vintage.

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Wine and spirits back in growth for LVMH

Louis Vuitton Moët-Hennessy’s Q2 results have “far outpaced” analysts’ predictions on the back of strong fashion and drinks sales.

Nicolas Feuillatte bolsters position

Nicolas Feuillatte increased its shipments by 19% between 2007 to 2014, the biggest growth of any Champagne brand during that period, according to a report by Shanken.

F1 trip offered through Watson’s Wines and Mumm

Hong Kong customers who buy Mumm Champagne through Watson’s Wines can win a trip to the 2015 Grand Prix in Singapore.

Krug partners with The Ritz

Champagne Krug has partnered with The Ritz London to offer guests a tasting flight on the terrace throughout August.

Sales fizz at Matthew Clark

High end Prosecco and English sparkling wine have helped to drive a 40% year-on year uplift in fizz sales at Matthew Clark, one of the UK’s largest on-trade suppliers.